Preview: ‘Colour and Light’ BSO Concert

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s 2017/18 season continues its much-anticipated run in Exeter on Thursday this week, and from now until the end of the season, I’ll be bringing you previews and reviews of each performance. This Thursday, the award-winning orchestra, celebrating its 120th year, will perform two pieces by Debussy, and one by Chopin and…

Review: The Weir

“It’s Ophelia” the man behind me whispered as The Weir opened with the sound of wind whipping across the stage. This English Touring Theatre and Mercury Theatre Colchester co-production certainly chose an atmospheric night for its opening at the Exeter Northcott. Featuring a similar stormy night, Conor McPherson’s The Weir tells the story of what…

Interview: Sam O’Mahony from The Weir

When I met with actor, Sam O’Mahony, to discuss his role as Brendan in Mercury Theatre Colchester and English Touring Theatre’s co-production of The Weir, I was yet to see the performance myself at the Exeter Northcott Theatre. From some googling, I knew an outline of the plot but I was keen to hear how…

Interview: Baltic Beauty

Co-founders Bartozs Wozniack and Sally-Ann Dunn set up their online business Baltic Beauty in 2014 (www.balticbeauty.co.uk), which sells stunning amber jewellery pieces. In a time of disposable fashion, they are dedicated to creating beautiful, one of a kind jewellery that can show off your individuality and last a lifetime. I spoke to them about what inspires…

Preview: Baltic Beauty Interview!

“We really want to maintain a personal feeling, to give people the opportunity of wearing something completely unique and completely theirs” Last week, Razz interviewed University of Exeter Alumni Bartosz Wozniak and Sally-Ann Dunn about their jewellery business, Baltic Beauty. They told us all about how the business started, the competitiveness of the jewellery market,…

Review: 2017 Funny Women Awards Heat @ Exeter Phoenix

This year marks the 15th year of the Funny Women Awards, an event launched in 2003 to provide a platform for female comedians looking to further their career in this field. Those who have taken part in the past include Katherine Ryan and Sarah Millican, both of whom have gone on to become incredibly successful…

Restaurant Review: Comptoir Libanais

As you walk into Comptoir Libanais one word springs to mind: extra. Like that one flatmate who desperately wants to tell you about their ‘crazy’ night at Unit 1, Comptoir Libanais is practically screaming for your attention. The wildly patterned décor is coloured in an array of greens, blues and reds, while hanging from the…

Review: Blade Runner 2049

When news broke that Ridley Scott’s neo-noir classic Blade Runner would be spawning a sequel, a collective sigh could be heard across the film community. Though a flop on initial release, Scott’s final cut is now acknowledged as a masterpiece; a film that has completely shaped the landscape of contemporary science fiction cinema. When it…

Get the Look for Less: Red

Paint the Town Red! One of the key AW17 fashion trends that has been everywhere during multiple Fashion Weeks over the past month has been the colour red. Big names in the fashion industry such as Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Fendi, pretty much everyone to be honest, have sent various tones of crimson, burgundy and…

Review: Women of the World Festival

Last weekend the Women of the World Festival (WOW) came to Exeter for the first time and it was two days full of incredible talks and panels featuring a range of inspiring women. WOW was created by Southbank Centre Artistic Director, Jude Kelly, in 2010 to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day and is…

Review: Exeter Contemporary Open 2017

With artistic knowledge limited to a GCSE in art and having (rather ashamedly) a slight tendency towards responding to contemporary art with the kind of hostility that gives way to muttering “I could have done that” under my breath, I was naturally surprised at the excitement I felt upon entering the Exeter Phoenix and being…

Preview: Michael Kiwanuka @ The Great Hall

As my years at Exeter have passed by it’s become more and more clear that music is coming to the South West. During my first year – perhaps simply through my own oblivious fresher eyes – there was seemingly little to no good music on campus or in the Exeter area. However, this year we…

Review: Blood Simple

Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1984 debut film, Blood Simple, passed by relatively unnoticed at the box office, despite being well-reviewed by critics. Now, given the brothers’ cult following, it’s unsurprising that a director’s cut has been released. Crafted just as its creators wanted it to be, the film is just as voguish and absurd as…

Review: Loyle Carner @ Exeter Phoenix

“He turned the world upside down and we’re richer for it He was and is a complete joy The world is his, that scribble of a boy”   Exeter Phoenix was instantly filled with a buzz as soon as the doors opened for their event of the evening. The excitement was pretty much tangible as…

Review: The Amazons @ Exeter Phoenix

It’s a young crowd at the Phoenix who greet the Reading bred 4-piece, The Amazons, on Wednesday 11th October. They released their debut self-titled record in May of this year, which has been described as “shout-it-to-the rooftops, punch-the sky-yell along at the top of your voice storm” by The Telegraph.  They are embarking on a…

Review: Around the World in 80 Days

I like Around the World in 80 Days. It may not be grand or shatter your sense of the limits of theatre, but it is an awful lot of fun. It provides a sometimes welcome evening’s distraction. Often, that’s all you need.   As you might have already guessed, this production at the Exeter Northcott…

Review: Kate Bonna’s ‘All The Things I Lied About’

Katie Bonna’s ‘All The Things I Lied About’ at the Bike Shed Theatre was an honest, thought-provoking piece in the style of a TED talks. Bonna delivered to her audience her take on the impact of everyday lies, forcing us to face the reality of our post-truth society. On arrival, Bonna charmed the audience with…

Review: Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark is the last of just three crime dramas penned by Frederick Knott. Published in 1966, it was made famous by the 1967 film of the same name starring Audrey Hepburn leading to several on-stage revivals, on tour with The Original Theatre Company most recently. The action follows a trio of criminals –…

Restaurant Review: Absurd Bird

Absurd Bird, as the name suggests, is a restaurant that celebrates all things chicken. It was set up three years ago to create a brand which married the bohemian utopia of style, edge, taste, art, and design. Now with four restaurants in the UK, Absurd Bird merges the comfort food of the American south with…

Review: Nick Mulvey @ The Lemon Grove

The crowd poured into the Lemon Grove last Monday 2nd October, excited to relax, grab a drink and be soothed by the mellow tones of Nick Mulvey after the usual Monday madness. It was great to see not only a massive turnout but a crowd drawn from across a wide age range; it was in…

Review: The Cauldron Inn

Exeter’s newest themed bar hasn’t had the most magical of starts. A disappointing 26% of TripAdvisor users marked the Cauldron Inn as “Terrible”, and a further 20% a half-hearted “Average”. Is the Cauldron Inn really just a few sickles short of a galleon? I headed down to 15 Gandy Street to find out. Stepping into…

Travel Diary: Summer in Skiathos

With autumn underway, a hot weathered, blue-skied escape is most needed, especially when met with consecutive days of cloud and a forecast that tease the possibility of showers. Having reached this time of year, I feel a longing to return to the Greek island of Skiathos, which I visited for the first time this summer….

Preview: Loyle Carner @ Exeter Phoenix

At only 22, Loyle Carner has already carved out an electrifying path for himself. His Yesterday’s Gone tour comes to the Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday 10th October, adding to his list of already sold out shows that exhibit his genuine and heartfelt album released on 20th January this year. Following the success of his Yesterday’s Gone EP…

Autumn Treats!

With the disappearance of sunshine for probably the entirety of the next nine months, it’s understandable how one could be down when facing the realisation that summer has come to an end. Whilst there were but a few, the joyous sunny days spent with an ice cream in each hand are but a mere memory….

Preview: The Amazons @ Exeter Phoenix

Described as ‘a belter, a shout-it-to-the-rooftops, punch-the-sky, yell-along-at-the-top-of-your-voice storm’ of an album by The Daily Telegraph, The Amazons’ new album promises not to disappoint fans on their UK tour this October. The band will be heading down to the Exeter Phoenix on 11th October 2017 for what promises to be a fantastic rush of good…

Review: Captain Fantastic

My sister and I decided to watch Captain Fantastic one hung-over morning whilst we were both still intoxicated and incapable of much else. Two hours later, we were sat in shock, having cried buckets, we were emotionally drained but realised that we’d just witnessed something beautiful.   Captain Fantastic revolves around the Cash family, a…

Interview: Liv Dawson

Liv Dawson has been making waves in the music industry recently, playing at UK festivals this summer, producing music with electronic giants Disclosure, and even earning herself a Facebook shout-out from Ed Sheeran. Her new single ‘Painkiller’ combines soulful vocals and an enticing dance beat. I had the opportunity to chat with the 19-year-old about…

Single Review: ‘You’ll be Fine’ by Pom Poko

Pom Poko’s name is taken from a 1994 Japanese animated film about shape-shifting raccoons, and their music is about as off-the-wall as this fact would suggest. The intriguing Norwegian quartet, who hail from Trondheim, are one of several new groups to emerge from Scandinavia this year. They are already making a name for themselves with…

Review: Liv Dawson’s New Single ‘Painkiller’

London based singer/songwriter, Liv Dawson, has been tipped by NME magazine as one of the talents to watch in 2017. She is currently embarking on a headline tour of the UK and has already performed at the Latitude and Wildlife Festival as well as supporting Tom Walker in London. All of these signs point to a…

The New Lush Store Has Arrived!

The new Lush store in Exeter has officially opened and Razz were lucky to be there at the opening last night. The cool evening failed to place a damper on the enthusiastic mood of the bloggers and writers waiting outside the closed doors of the new Lush store in Exeter. Founded in 1995 by Mark…

Impress Prize for New Writers 2017 Winner

The winner of the Impress Prize for New Writers of 2017 has been announced and we at Razz want to congratulate Roberta H. George for her winning novel The Day’s Heat! “Set in the early sixties against the backdrop of impending national integration, the novel follows Lea James, a dark-skinned, Catholic, Lebanese girl who comes…

Review: Education, Education, Education

It’s Friday, 2nd May 1997. The teachers of a British comprehensive school are jubilant with optimism, fuelled by the prospect of a newly-elected Labour government injecting the education system with some much-needed cash. A beaming headmaster, Hugh Mills (Tom England), shows newbie assistant teacher from Germany, Tobias (James Newton) around his school, the immense ability…

Restaurant Review: Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Earlier this month, Razz were invited to experience Gourmet Burger Kitchen’s Exeter branch. GBK was established in 2001 when three friends from New Zealand, including chef Peter Gordon, brought the concept of posh burgers to a restaurant in Battersea. Sixteen years later, the chain now boasts 80 restaurants across the UK, opening one here in…

Preview: Nick Mulvey @ The Lemon Grove

Nick Mulvey will be visiting Exeter next week to perform at The Lemon Grove on Monday 2nd October. Embarking on a 15-date UK tour with his new album Wake Up Now, released on 8th September 2017, Mulvey’s return to Exeter is hotly anticipated after the huge success of his first album, First Mind, nominated for…

Films For Those Starting University

Going to university can be both an enjoyable and hectic experience. So when you need a break, look no further than our list of films which suit this new chapter in your life. The Breakfast Club (1985) A 1980s classic, The Breakfast Club finds a bunch of school kids from different ‘cliques’ thrown together during…

The Best Novels for University Students

Whether you’ve received a hefty reading list for your English Literature course, are in search of an insightful look into the human condition that can bulk up your conversation in seminars, or are just looking for a light read before the real work begins, here are the top novels you should poke your nose into…

Why You Should Join Razz Magazine

Are you a creative person with a passion for writing? Then Razz Magazine is the society for you to join. As Exeter University’s only Arts & Lifestyle magazine, our articles cover theatre, music, literature, baking, travel, and fashion pieces. Whatever your interests are, we are bound to cater to them. We always want to hear…

A Student’s Guide to an Evening in Exeter

Welcome to Exeter! Arriving at university for the first time, your days are likely to be carefully structured and timetabled, but in the evening you are left to your own devices. When you do finally have time on your hands, don’t be put off by the viscous rumours that Exeter is too small to host…

Advice From a Fourth Year Student

Looking back, first year seems like a lifetime ago. I’m going into my fourth and final year at Exeter, and I honestly cannot express how sad I am that I have to leave university. When they say your university years are the best years of your life, they mean it, so make sure you take…

The Best Days Out Around Exeter

You’ve just arrived in Exeter, you’ve raided the home section of your favourite high street store and you’re preparing to settle into academic life. Whether this is your first year or your final year, we’re here to help when that mid-term slump hits and you need a change of scenery. After all, there’s only so…

Exeter’s Best Kept Secrets

Exeter is a marvellous place to come and study. Big enough to not feel suffocating, but small enough to not get lost in a mass of people, this town can offer a lot. However, it is easy to miss a few things in the rush of Freshers’ Week. Whether you are a fresher or a…

Three Recipes for Surviving Freshers’ Week: Carbs, Desserts, and Quick.

Chicken Pesto Pasta My favourite go-to carb filled meal for an uncomplicated dinner. Ingredients: 80g green pesto 2tbs olive oil for frying 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 cloves of garlic 600ml chicken broth (may need to add more to cover pasta) 100g sundried tomatoes 200g fusilli pasta 1/4tsp salt 1/4tsp red pepper flakes 90g…

10 Ways to Boss Your Year Abroad

I’ve just come back from my year abroad as a Language Assistant in Strasbourg, France, and have had the time of my life. I was very lucky during my year abroad: I met some amazing people, adored the city I lived in, and generally had an enjoyable overall experience. However, there are always going to…

City Breaks: Edinburgh

In one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Edinburgh stands tall as a hub of creativity surrounded by Georgian and Gothic architecture. Never losing its charm, Edinburgh and its cobbled streets will always be a city I am happy to return to time and time again. It’s magical and no wonder JK Rowling…

Home Bake Box: Kanelbullar

Kanelbullar, perhaps more well known as traditional Swedish cinnamon buns, were my final bake box to test and review. Created after the First World War when ingredients like sugar, eggs, and butter were no longer as heavily restricted, the cinnamon rolls didn’t became popular for another 30 years, in the 1950s when expensive ingredients like…

Mango Mania: Recipes to try this summer

by Emily Stearn Mango Mojito Pancakes (Serves 4) To combat the traditional British summer rain we’re experiencing at the moment, I’ve got two summery and healthy recipes for you to try. Both include mangoes and limes, which are in season at the moment, are super adaptable, and are perfect for both rain and sun. The…

Feature: Margaret Atwood’s Book Reading, Hag-Seed

St Mary’s Church, Bathwick, is a beautiful building. Not, however, where one would expect to be directed if they were going to a book reading. Nestled in a corner of the Roman town, the church exudes the knowledge of its age: it is, after all, of medieval origins. This proved the perfect backdrop for a…

Review: Kill the Cat Theatre – The Beginner’s Guide to Navigation

The Beginner’s Guide to Navigation is about maps. It’s also about cheese jamborees. And anarchy, and relationships, and Eurocentrism. The Beginner’s Guide to Navigation is about a lot of things but most of all it’s about the poignant message hidden amongst a stream of hilarious far-fetched nonsense. Having been led grossly astray by an outdated…